College star brings scoring punch to Bulldogs

bulldogsThere will be a new face on the Hamilton Bulldogs this week. The National Hockey League’s parent Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Danny Kristo to a two-year contract and have assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Bulldogs during their current road trip which has three games remain in Texas.

Kristo, 22, played 40 regular season games this season for the University of North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association registering 52 points (26 goals, 26 assists), a plus-17 rating and 24 penalty minutes while ranking first on the team in goals and points. The 5’11”, 188-pound forward finished tied for second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association in goals and points while ranking third in the NCAA with six game-winning goals.

He was one of the Top 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, recognizing the top college hockey player in the U.S. The native of Edina, Minnesota spent four seasons with the University of North Dakota, posting 161 points (68 goals, 93 assists) and 83 penalty minutes in 157 regular season games from 2009-2013.

Kristo was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 56th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Rampage in San Antonio on Friday (April 5) at 8:30 p.m.